Press Release: Mrinalini Mukherjee at The Met
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THE MET ANNOUNCES MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MRINALINI MUKHERJEE
Sweeping Survey of Groundbreaking Indian-Born Artist Spanning Nearly Forty-Five Years Coming to The Met Breuer
NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced today its far-reaching new sculpture exhibition The Fertile Spring: Mrinalini Mukherjee, on view at The Met Breuer June 4 to September 29, 2019. Originated by The Met, this will be the first international retrospective by the renowned Indian-born multidisciplinary artist Mrinalini Mukherjee, bringing together works in fiber, ceramics, and bronze.
“The Fertile Spring: Mrinalini Mukherjee brings to the United States a deep look at the Mukherjee’s crucial work, highlighting her anthropomorphic sculptures exploring spirits, deities, feminism, and sexuality,” said Max Hollein, museum director. “Together these pieces will demonstrate the significance of Mukherjee’s oeuvre to the evolution of modern art in India and her role as a forerunner of contemporary figurative sculpture.”
The exhibition’s curator is Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator, South Asia, in The Met’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. “Mrinalini always enjoyed subverting conventions,” said Jhaveri. “She preferred to explore the hidden character of the material, its tactile potential, its ability to express a daring yet subtle eroticism, its power to contain within it an organic fecundity.”
The survey will be accompanied by a lush full-color, 300-page comprehensive monograph, published with the support of the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation and edited by Jhaveri, with essays by Naman Ahuja, Deepak Ananth, Emilia Terracciano, and Grant Watsoni. In the volume’s postscript, art historian Ananth writes, ‘Mukherjee’s sculptural imagination was profoundly anthropomorphic and unabashedly organic, nurtured by what she had learned from Indian art’s partiality to a voluptuous, iconographic excess (from high temple sculpture to wayside shrines) and by a certain modernist predilection for a more stringent economy of means.”
Building on The Met’s tradition of offering a wide-range of dynamic public programming, leading art historians, curators, and critics will participate in walkthroughs, lectures, and cross-disciplinary collaborations throughout the run of the groundbreaking exhibition.
Full details on tickets and public programs for The Fertile Spring: Mrinalini Mukherjee will be announced in Spring 2019. To keep up to date on all outposts of The Met, including news and updates, sign up for the newsletters at metmuseum.org and follow The Met on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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